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(SEA)Dungeness Crabs and other seattle delights?

Looking for some recommendations on :

1/Dungeness Crabs and other seattle delights;
2/ Good outdoor dining (prefably with good seafood, and recommendations on what to order);
3/ good authentic Chinese and other Asian - particularly authentic Thai (with recommendations on what to order)

We will be staying in area not far from Pike's Market.

A number of years ago, I had excellent
dungeness crabs for below 20 dollars in Chinatown, and ate there virtually every night. Anything similar these days?

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  1. For crab go to Seven Star Szechuan Pepper in the International District and order the Szechuan crab. It will fulfill both requests one and three.

    7 Star Pepper Szechwan Rstrnt
    1207 S Jackson St Ste 111, Seattle, WA 98144

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    1. re: dagrassroots

      I second the Seven Star recommendation. Honestly, it may be the best seafood dish in Seattle.

    2. May I suggest the Black Pepper Crab at Malay Satay Hut? 212 12th Ave South about a block away from Seven Star Pepper. Outdoor dining is not so easy to find this time of year.


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      1. re: Leymergie

        Thanks folks. Keep the suggestions coming!

        1. re: Leymergie

          How does the MSH black pepper crab compare with its dry curry crab?

          I bent on getting a crab dish in the ID tonight, and I'm deciding between these two and the sea garden black bean sauce version.

        2. For thai, see this post. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/383249 Unfortunately, not alot of these are near to Pike Place.

          I don't know when you are visting, but the NWS predicts a substantial warming this weekend (FWIW). Flying Fish is a well-regarded seafood place near to Pike Place, and it has outdoor seating when the climate permits. I haven't yet been so I can't provide specific dish suggestions.

          Matt's in the Market has a changing meny that features very seafood; I had a rich bisque with impressively large dungeness morsels.

          1. I'll recommend for #'s 1 & 3 ... the dungeness w/ black bean @ Sea Garden in the International Dist.
            Not sure if your visit is soon if so you won't find much in outdor dining .. though I do remember their having blankets at Ray's Boathouse for those sitting on the bar's deck...could be perfect for a cool dry sunset.

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            1. re: oliveoyl

              You folks are making me hungry. Our visit will be at the end of this month. I am sorry to hear that it is too chilly to sit outside. Pls keep the recommendations coming. Many thanks. We are looking for a wonderful visit.

              1. re: dec111

                The Pink Door (in the Market) may have their deck open. It's a fantastic spot. The food used to be bad but I've heard great things since a new chef (one whose previous restaurant I loved) took over last year. You can also just have a drink on the deck.
                And yes, 7 Stars Pepper for Szechuan crab (spicy).

                1. re: christy319

                  I'll second the Pink Door--you can't beat the view from the deck. It's more likely to be warm enough if you go for lunch--and even if it's chilly, I seem to remember that they have heaters out there--can anyone confirm this?)

                  Pink Door
                  1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

              2. re: oliveoyl

                second the dungeness w/black bean at sea garden. it's whole crab, quite a production and delicious. i've never tried the szechuan crab at 7 star pepper. i'd love to though. is it served whole as well?

              3. delicious Dungeness Crab & Sea Scallop filled crepes (excellently executed 'heavenly' crepes) at Brasserie Margaux in the Warwick Hotel.

                1. For excellent Thai by Pike's market check out, Typhoon! They usually have crab pad thai on the menu at the very least.

                  1. Although I love the crab at 7 Star Peppers, I've been turned off by them because the last two times, they've charged for a 3 1/2 lb crab. Both could not possibly have been two lbs. each. Seattle restaurants don't seem to do it, but in other cities, they've brought out the live crab weighed before cooking.

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                    1. re: kirkj

                      Besides crab, what else shd I order at Sea Garden or 7 Star Peppers?
                      Thank you all for your suggestions. Hoping to sit outdoors at end of April in Seattle...

                      1. re: dec111

                        At seven Star pepper, the dan dan noodles, the green onion pancake and ants on a tree are three of my favorites.

                        1. re: dec111

                          i order almost the same things every time I go to Sea Garden .. singapore noodles, pea vines (if available) salt & pepper prawns ... make the crab the star ... they bring it out before so you can approve the size & sometimes they do with the prawns too

                          1. re: oliveoyl

                            Very much enjoyed the crab with black bean sauce and salt and pepper scallops last night at Sea Garden. The crab cost about $35 (@ $15/lb), and seemed like an honest weight. The sauce was succulent and well-balanced between thickening starch and oil. The scallops were topped with an striking salty and hot relish with red and green chilies and scallions, really a great contrast to the lightly battered bivalves.

                            For me, in the scheme of chinese dungeness preperations, I think Szechuan Chef's szechuan crab beats out the black bean sauce version here, but the latter is very good. I've also really enjoyed ginger versions at SC and at Cantonese places in NYC. Still want to get the dry curry and/or black pepper crabs at Malay Satay.

                      2. I Like to go to "The Crab Pot" on the water front. It has outdoor seating and is usually crowded. But I have always enjoyed it.

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                        1. re: hickdolphin

                          Thank you for all the menu suggestions 7 Star and Sea Garden. Is the Crab Pot by pikes market? What should I order?

                          Any other Seattle delicacies out there that I should order besides D. Crab?

                          1. re: dec111

                            The Crab Pot is right down the hill from Pike Place Market, on Pier 57. If you like your seafood simple, almost primal, they do a mess of steamed shellfish that they dump out on the butcher paper-covered table in front of you, hand you mallets and crackers, and tell you to dig in. I've never had it, but it sure looks like messy good fun.

                            Crab Pot Restaurant
                            1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

                            1. re: MsMaryMc

                              I went to the crab pot because we had some kind of coupon from the Entertainment book. The food was good for the price (it is just a big crab boil that they dump out on the table for you to whack away at), and very very messy. I'd go again, especially with a coupon. :)

                              1. re: akq

                                Thank you for the reviews of the various crab options Equinoise. I look forward to going. Many thanks for the coupon advice and info on the Crab Pot. Primal seafood is lots of fun. Hopefully, my friends will be into that too. Can't wait.
                                Please keep the suggestions coming!

                                1. re: dec111

                                  I personally cannot recommend the Crab Pot. After you've had truly fresh crab right out of the tank as you would get at a good Chinese seafood place, the crab at the Crab Pot seems old, at least to me.

                                  1. re: PAO

                                    I agree that getting crab out of a tank is the freshest and the best but would appreciate choices that reflect the variety that Seattle has to offer so please keep the suggestions coming. Any other suggestions for other Seattle delicacies would also be appreciated.

                        2. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Here is my wrap-up.
                          Went to 7 star szechuan and had szechuan crab, cumin lamb , scaillion pancakes which were excellent. The dan dan noodles were ok and cold noodles were adequate. My nonspicy friends liked the stringbeans with chicken.
                          Crab pot combo- which had steamed seafood (including crab) with spicy seasoning was not as good as 7 Star but still good. I had been there many years ago and went on a weeknight, and food was not so good. This time during lunch on Sat was very good. It is pricy as it came to 29 per person but there was tons of food (miniumum order is 2).
                          Elliots on the water was good for crab cakes , fresh oysters and Dung. Crab (44 dollars- much more than 7 star- at 35.00), but good, just not as good as 7 star. Elliots has fabulous fresh oysters and the service was very sweet. Would recommend. Both Elliots and Crab Pot are good locations to eat before or after ferry ride to Bainbridge Island etc as it is nearby (5 minute walk).
                          Had steamed crab in black bean sauce at Shin Wah, in Int District, which was very good and so were the salt and pepper prawns. Very reasonable and fresh seafood out of a tank.
                          Would also recommend the mini donut stand at Pike's Market. Fresh hot donuts.
                          Ate at Etta's which was very good. Didn't do the salmon the way that I asked but the corn pudding was excellent. Oysters were good and service competent and friendly. Crab cakes were good but not as
                          good as Elliots.
                          Next trip Malay Hut, which is being renovated. Many thanks!